Thread Of Hope

shattered glass

As all I’d ever termed wondrous bliss unexpectedly died –

As my fantasy of a reality with destruction did collide –

My hopes shattered around me like glass in countless pieces,

Fragments suspended in mocking beauty as time freezes…

The clock hand ticks forward and it all crashes to the floor

My knees hit rock-bottom when I could take no more

All I now see is blackness where once there was color

Gone appears the light from the sun and its fervor…

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I begin to walk away from the pond of shattered dreams

But the glass is in my clothes and cutting through my heart, it seems

Perhaps I am too close, the smoke is clouding my full view-

Glance up at the tower, instinctively know what to do…

Run up the steps; one, two,three hundred endless stairs

And I barely catch my breath, or have time to fill lungs with air –

Before the ground beneath my feet crumbles into sand

Loud thunder above me rumbles as I fall back down on land…

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And I hit rock-bottom again

Thinking this must be the end

For surely no human can go through this pain

And still see rainbows through the rain…

The whole world seems gray and black tonight

With not a speck of pure, identifiable white in sight

Nothing is untouched, gone is everything –

Then how do I glimpse in that crack a thin white string?

Among the dirt, surely this uncorrupted clean string is not real

But just to verify the hopeless doubts, I reach out a hand to feel

And to my electric surprise, it’s most tangible indeed

I yank it out attached to a note, uncrumple it and read:

“Verily, with every hardship comes ease” [94:6]

94 6

That white thread…

Of hope.

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–A.S.

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Inauthentic Self

Inauthentic Self

“It’s ironic that to find the courage to lead an authentic life, you will have to go into the dark rooms of your most inauthentic self. You have to confront the very parts of yourself that you fear most to find what you have been looking for, because the mechanism that drives you to conceal your darkness is the same mechanism that has you hide your light.”

(Debbie Ford)

Noticing The Details – Photography

Old Port entrancePrayerTilted TextureGreenClose-UpThe Fountain
White in GreenDistant FountainWinterDoveFriendsIntense Blue
Little Beige Riding HoodTexturesAutumnDark SkyCloudsPortrait
Symmetrical ColorsAnother WorldPink BurstA Slice of SkyTranquilityAnother Slice of Sky

Old Port – Montreal, a set on Flickr.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

There are so many more eloquent and beautiful ways of expressing photography, but I think Dorothea Lange’s words above sum it up short and sweetly for me.

I’ve held a camera plenty of times in my life to capture an eventful moment… but not really just for the purpose of refining my own vision. I took over 100 pictures in my first “real photography” outing and these were the 47 photos I thought were worth sharing.

Enjoy! 🙂

A.S.

Video

Para Para Paradise Watercolors

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It’s been a while that I’ve let out my inner child through the use of colour and spontaneous creativity.

Omer DeSerres has this knack of forcing me to buy something new from it every time I set one tip-toeing foot in it, however, so when I found myself at the cashier holding a set of watercolor pencil crayons and a notebook of French pages, I felt skeptic. “Really?” I thought to myself. “These look like ordinary pencil crayons. Do I really believe after drawing on the paper, then dipping a paintbrush in water and smearing it on the page, that the colours will melt like paint?”

Surprisingly, they did. Not as easily as paint but certainly they exceeded my expectations.

The purpose of this video is not to boast any drawing skills, as these are not representative of the drawings I usually do. It is the methodology of the video’s progress, how color by color adds up to each individual image, precisely representing how small incident plus small incidents accumulate over time to result in a beautiful life worth living…. this idea has been in my head for a while. (Also, the song was ingrained in me and I needed a venue to let it out.)

Hopefully the next time I upload a video similar to this, it will contain more depth and more attention to detail. This first time, it was mainly an experiment… and a really fun, time consuming yet motivating one at that. 🙂

Thank you for watching!

Peace,
A.S.